August 25, 2013
What is an American?
When immigrants come to America, it is for certain reasons that their newly found land is now their home. Many immigrants choose America as their destination because of their overcrowded cities, in search of religion, a chance to manage their own land to have a better lifestyle, and to have a chance to make a better living. Also, to have less government interference and a greater voice of government are all reasons to get the attention of immigrants to travel to America. An essay well written by the author by the name of Michael-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur, was a French immigrant who sought on the ideas on what is an American. He arrived in New York in 1759 spending ten years as a surveyor and a trader. In 1782, he publishes a collection of twelve essays called Letters of an American Farmer ...view middle of the document...
You could own land, make a living, and you have a stronger role in the government (democracy). America is heavily diverse, due to the fact of the immigrants that have traveled to increase the population, causing America to be filled with not just natural born citizens. Immigrants who came to America exchanged culture, as a gift for America allowing these immigrants to come and have a new beginning. America had culture from all over including their own as they all were becoming true Americans.
Michael-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur’s definition of an American is people who travel along carrying them their arts, sciences, vigor, and industry. Also a new person who acts upon principles; he must, therefore, entertain new ideas and form new opinions (Crevecoeur 291). With his definition, he explains how the American is the one who express his/her culture with a consequence of living life to the fullest in every way possible. This quote: “ Here individuals of all nations are melted into one race.” (Crevecoeur 289) This quote explains that no matter where you come from, once you are in America, you are an American; everyone else is the same as Americans but is exposed from different backgrounds and other cultures they bring forth.
My definition and Crevecoeur’s definition are similar to the fact of the way how we both explain that being an American is a person who identifies he/she as an American, and a way he/she expresses themselves culture wise. Our definitions are different by the fact that Crevecoeur mentions the fact that an American entertains new ideas, and forms new opinions. In addition, he explains in his quote that you arriving in America will classify you as an American no matter where you come from and no matter the ethnic background. Immigrants were very satisfied, when they were allured from America, and what they had to offer, with this new land, jobs, industry, culture, freedom, and a rising government, this new country was on track of becoming a successful nation.